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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Shrike (MSC 201)

Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 September 1953 as AMS-201 at Tampa Marine Co., Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Launched 21 July 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-201, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Shrike (MSC-201), 21 March 1955
  • Decommissioned 27 September 1968 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1975
  • Scrapped in April 1978.


  • Displacement 412 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 12.8 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One 20mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Shrike 96k . Al Hines
    Shrike 103k An explosive charge detonates close aboard during structural tests Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    AMS-201/200/192/191/190 157k Shrike, Redwing (MSC 200), Humming Bird (MSC 192), Frigate Bird (MSC 191), and Falcon (MSC 190) at Charleston, SC
    US Navy Photo from the June 1956 issue of All Hands magazine
    Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)
    MSC-190/192/201 144k MSCs Falcon (MSC 190), Humming Bird (MSC 192) and Shrike moored alongside MINRON 4 flagship, USS Pandemus
    (ARL 18). YO-129
    is outboard
    US Navy Photo from the February 1957 issue of All Hands magazine

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Edward O'Leary, USN21 March 1955 - 1957
    02LT Richard Frank Ackerman, USN1957
    03LT James Joseph Clarkin, USNDecember 1959 - 14 August 1961
    04LT Rudolph Norman Corbeil, USN14 August 1961 - 31 August 1963
    05LT Delmar Otis Schaper, USN31 August 1963 - 30 September 1965
    06LT Robert Kurz, USN30 September 1965 - 21 December 1967
    07LT John Jacob Pfeiffer, USN21 December 1967 - 19 November 1968
    08LT Robert E. Plunkett, USN19 November 1968
    09LT Foote, USN1973 - 23 July 1974
    10LT John Burton McLeod, USN23 July 1974 - 1 July 1975
    ??LT Clement Davis Hamm, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1953
    Retired as Captain
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

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